Before the two sides presented their closing arguments, there was conviviality in the chamber. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and White House counsel Pat Cipollone shook hands and smiled. Cipollone made a joke and laughed.
Republican and Democrats chatted. President Trump’s attorney Ken Starr went over to the House managers’ table and talked with Rep. Adam Schiff.
Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine crossed the aisle to talk to McConnell, Cipollone and Trump attorney Jay Sekulow. Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris and Republican Sen. Jim Risch also chatted. So did Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and GOP Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.
But there were also signs that the senators would rather be elsewhere. There were some stragglers. As Rep. Jason Crow began the House managers’ presentation, Sens. Jerry Moran, John Barrasso, Tim Scott, Bill Cassidy, Mike Braun and Dianne Feinstein entered the chamber.
GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham took out a newspaper. Manchin put in eyedrops. Sen. John Hoeven stood along the back wall, swaying. Sen. Amy Klobuchar cracked a joke to Sen. Chris Coons before leaving the chamber.
And as his wife Jane looked on from the visitor’s gallery above, Sen. Bernie Sanders fought the urge to sleep.